Tales from the Loop

I was excited to see this show, I think Amazon Prime has done a good job generally, with bringing thinks to TV that a traditional network would not.

I made it through three episodes before giving up, maybe I should have been more patient, I can’t say.

The series is set in a fictional town that is built above some sort of underground machine that a large portion of the town works for. The scientists use the machine for what, I am not really sure. In order to not give away things, I will leave it at that.

The series seems to be set in the 80’s, but they are still using rotary phones, so it makes it hard to put an exact time on things. There are robots that wonder around, so it is obvious that there is some tech that is futuristic and not of the 80’s.

Of the 3 episodes I watched, the main thing that bothered me was that there were no real surprises. The worst being the second episode, you just knew where that one was going from the moment that the “event” happened. Surely we learned something from Turnabout Intruder?

On the third episode, as soon as she turned on the thermos (that is what it looked like to me), the first thing I thought was; what is the battery life of that thing?

So what are the problems I have with the show? The show us glacially paced. I am not sure if they were going for atmosphere and a moody look or a retro-futuristic looks, I am not sure. I just know that the pace is very slow. It is kind of like they were going for a Twilight Zone style show with zingers at the end, but the pacing is so slow that it gives you time to analyze and know what will happen before it does.

Also, everything has this somber tone to it, honestly, it was depressing to watch.

Maybe I am being harsh on the show, maybe it is really good. The reviews I read indicated it was good, but it just didn’t work for me. Maybe, at some point I will watch more of it again and I will like it more.

For now, I would say pass on it and watch something else.

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